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Winter Break Schedule

Our winter break schedule has been finalized and is available here: PDF Please note the locations change between the North YMCA and Columbus North. When you arrive at the North YMCA you must sign in at the desk before heading down to the pool.  Please remember to thank the staff for hosting our team.

Practice Change this Thursday

Due to a shortage of coaches we need to make changes to the schedule this Thursday, November 29 as follows: Scarlet 2 & Gold 6:30-8:30 Senior, Junior, NPG 6:30-9:00 Scarlet 3 - canceled - make-up is Sunday 12/2 from 4:30-6 Scarlet 1 - canceled - make-up is Saturday 12/1 8:45-10 am Silver Comp - canceled - make-up is Sunday 12/2 from 3:30-4:30 Intro  - canceled -make-up is Wednesday at 6:00 The calendar has been updated to reflect these changes.

GCSTO Holiday Cheer

Greater Columbus has asked us to change our day of attendance to Friday, December 14.  Please let us know by Wednesday at 8 pm if you would like to attend.  We will make corrections to your entries.  Events on Friday are: 50 Free, 200 Free, 50 back, 50 br, 400 IM and 50 fly

Practice Schedule this Week

We have a modified schedule this week due to the holiday.  We have had a nice surprise of being able to get into the pool during the day on Wednesday and Friday as well.  This means we can get the kids in an out early so that you can get on with your holiday and family time! Wednesday, November 21 Senior, Junior, NPG 8 -11 am Silver (Competition, Recreation and Intro) 1:00-2:00 Scarlet 1 & 3: 1-3 Scarlet 2 & Gold: 2:00-4:00 (optional dryland at 1:00) Thursday, November 22 No Practice, Happy Thanksgiving! Friday, November 23 Senior, Junior, NPG 8 -11 am Scarlet 2 & Gold: 10:00-12:00 Scarlet 1: 10:30-12:00 Saturday, November 24 Senior, Junior, NPG, Gold  - regular practice NO 9 AM Silver practice - coach has 4 tickets, GO BUCKS! Sunday, November 25 Regular practice for all groups Silver Rec & Comp 3:30-4:30

Welcome to our New Coaches!

Let's give a warm Buckeye welcome to our TWO new coaches Jules Van der Lans and Chloe Sidick!  Jules & Chloe are both Seniors at Olentangy Liberty High School and former members of Buckeye.  They come to us with over a year of experience of teaching at SafeSplash and will be applying that & their competitive experience to the pool deck.  Initially you will see both Chloe & Jules assisting Laurie on Thursdays.  This is a huge help as Laurie has been outnumbered by our swimmers!  We are very excited to have their enthusiasm and teaching skills on our pool deck.  Make sure you introduce yourself and welcome them if you happen to be at the pool on a Thursday.

Slack and the future of the TeamApp app

Big & exciting news! By leveraging our boosters nonprofit status, we have been able to grab a Slack account for free!  As a result we are in the process of migrating from the TeamApp app to Slack.  We are very excited about what this means for ease of communication within our program. We will use public and private channels within Slack.  Public channels will be for group and team communication.  Private channels will be a way for swimmers, parents and coaches to privately communicate.  This includes sharing how a swimmer is doing, videos and attendance.  In a  private channel a parent must be a member - this increases the safety of our communication between our athletes and coaches.  As you know, our athlete protection standards prohibit all athletes from direct/private electronic communication with a coach. Athletes must be 13 or older to join Slack. You may use the following link to join our Slack Feed: Join Slack What is Slack? We’re glad you asked! Slack is a collab

Athlete Committee

LOOKING FOR ATHLETE COMMITTEE MEMBERS! Get More Involved! TEAM REPRESENTATIVES:  PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR ATHLETES! Dear OSI Athletes, You can make a difference in Ohio Swimming by joining the ATHLETE COMMITTEE The OSI Athlete Leadership is looking for athletes who are enthusiastic about swimming and are willing to get involved on the 'dry' side of swimming.  Athletes who are 14-years old or over will play an important part in the functions of Ohio Swimming by helping make the sport better for every athlete in Ohio. The more athlete participation we have, the bigger impact we can make! BONUS:  You can earn community service hours as you volunteer your time on the Athlete Committee and other OSI committees.  It also looks good on your resume for college! What does an Athlete Committee Member do? Interacts with athletes at swim events to find out what they would like improved or c

Entry Deadline Alert

We have uploaded entries for the GCSTO Holiday Invite on December 15. Your entry declaration is due by MIDNIGHT TOMORROW ! (Weds, 11/14) Please note - you will have the option to enter 12/14-16. We are ONLY attending Saturday, December 15.  We will attend the Ohio Virtual Distance meet on Sunday 12/16.  This meet is an Ohio Swimming championship meet and offers the 500 free and Mile.

Practice Schedule this week-end

We will have a modified practice schedule this week-end due to the swim meet Saturday, November 3: Senior, Junior, NPG, High School practice is canceled. Silver Rec & Silver Competition will swim 8:30-9:30 Sunday, November 4: Scarlet 1, 2 Gold practice is canceled Intro to Swim Team is canceled.  We will hold a make-up Saturday 8:30-9:30 or next Saturday 9-10 (you pick one that works). Senior, Junior, NPG, High School - NO change

Show your Team Spirit

We have added quite a few team items to our custom shop at SwimOutlet.    All of these items utilize our team logo.  We also anticipate adding items with an alternative logo with the words Buckeye Swimming and no USA code (our USA code is BKYS).  Those should be available late next week. These items can be ordered year round and require no minimums.  Here is a small sample of some of the new items.  8% of your purchase will benefit the Boosters! Shop our Spirit Shop HERE

10x Amazon Rewards 10/29-11/2!

AmazonSmile is increasing the donation rate 10x from Oct 29 - Nov 2 Thanks to our customers shopping at, AmazonSmile has donated over $100 million to charities around the world! To celebrate, we're launching our biggest bonus donation to date — 5% for 5 days . From Oct 29 - Nov 2, we're donating 5%, ten times our usual rate, on all eligible purchases. You can use the copy and banners below to spread the word. Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Buckeye Swim Club Boosters Inc when you shop at . #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile

Last Call! Cap & Shirt Order

All cap and shirt orders must be placed by Friday--update!! SUNDAY 11/4 IS THE NEW DEADLINE, you should have received this on 10/30 & did not. Check the condition of your cap - we likely will not place another order until January of 2020!  Every swimmer receives a free t-shirt with registration.  Parents can also order a t-shirt! This years shirt will be a Gildan 8000 5.5oz 50/50 DryBlend in Graphite Heather. Our logo will be on the front of the t-shirt. The swimmer's shirts will say 'Fearless in the Pursuit' on the back. Parents shirts will say 'Fearless in the Bleachers' on the back. Parent shirts are $10 each and can be ordered on our website. DO NOT ORDER A SHIRT FOR YOUR SWIMMER! Cap Orders Caps will be the same as last year. We are down to our last 6 caps, and need to order a new supply.  You can order a the team cap for $10 OR you may add your name to the cap for $2.50 more per cap (minimum order two caps). All ordering is through PayPal ch

Fitter & Faster at Worthington Pools

We have some very exciting news. We are proud to announce that there will be a Fitter and Faster swim camp at Worthington Pools on November 17 & 18! We encourage all of our swimmers to please click the link below to register for this incredible opportunity! CLICK HERE for details and registration There will be 4 sessions. The curriculum at each session will be: November 17th:     *Session 1: 12 & Older Dives and Underwater Dolphin Kicking     *Session 2: 11 & Under Dives and Underwater Dolphin Kicking     *Session 3: 11 & Under Fast and Efficient Freestyle Technique November 18th:     *Session 4: 12 & Over Elite Sprint Freestyle Technique Sign up for one or BOTH sessions for your swimmer’s age group! SAVE: Prices will rise October 25th! Each session will be led by two elite clinicians! Brett Hawke is a two-time Olympian and coach to Olympians. Many consider him one of the greatest sprint coaches in the world! Also leading eac

Online Training for Parents and Athletes

We are currently working on earning our SafeSport Team credentials.   To do so, each of our swimmers age 12-over and parents need to take this online course. Please do so at your earliest convenience. Safe Sport for Athletes Online Course This course is designed for athletes 12 and older and will cover: The basics of Safe Sport, Understanding the three types of boundaries, and What to do if you or someone you know is being harmed. Parents and coaches can use the facilitation guide in the course to open up a conversation about Safe Sport and healthy boundaries.  Preview the facilitation guide below. ATHLETES   may access the course via Safe Sport for Parents Online Course This course is designed for swim parents to understand the Safe Sport program and their role in working with the swim club to provide a safe, healthy, and positive environment for the swimmers. PARENTS may access the course via  learn.usaswi

Buckeye Swim Club SafeSport Policies

We have several policies in place to help ensure a safe environment for our athletes.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with each of the following: Lindsay's Law:   The Ohio Department of Health requires that each parent watch the following video & read the corresponding handout. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Once you have done so, please sign and return this form:  Signature Form Action Plan to Address Bullying Please familiarize yourself with our club policies regarding bullying and how we address this behavior. Handout Electronic Communication Policy We have several limits in place preventing our athletes from communicating directly with coaches.  All communication must be open/include a parent or guardian.  Handout Parent Code of Conduct Athlete Code of Conduct Coach Code of Conduct All of our SafeSport policies and more information, including how to report violations are on our website:

UASC Golden Bear

The meet deadline was Monday (last night).  Several swimmers did not respond to the invite.  This is a reminder that you must respond that you either will or will not attend before the deadline.  If you meant to sign up and did not you have just a few more hours to email Laurie and get in the meet.

Add our Google Calendars to your phone

You can follow our google calendars and have them auto update to your phone calendar!  Simply click on the plus symbol next to the words Google Calendar in the lower right hand corner of the calendar you wish to follow. Meet & Events Calendar ( includes entry deadlines ) Senior, Junior & NPG Calendar Scarlet Calendar (includes Scarlet 1, 2, 3 & Gold) Silver Calendar (includes Silver Recreation & Silver Comeptition) Intro Calendar

Jose Cerda Memorial Swim Clinic

PROGRAM   October 28, 2018   EIGHTH ANNUAL JOSE CERDA MEMORIAL SWIM CLINIC CHAMPION ATHLETES SHORT BIOGRAPHIES ZANE GROTHE 2018 PAN PACIFIC GOLD MEDALIST MARGO GEER   2018 PAN PACIFIC SILVER MEDALIST Hometown:   Boulder City, Nevada.   Birth date: April 22, 1992.   College:   Auburn University ‘14 Zane had his first swimming lesson at 6 weeks old to learn water safety.   He attended Boulder City High School and graduated in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University in 2014.   Zane swims 13,000 yards/meters a day ... 4 hours a day ... 2 workouts a day, 6 days a week. Zane won gold in the 800 freestyle; silver in the 1500 and bronze in the 400 at the Pan Pacific Championships held in Tokyo, Japan in August 2018.    He was the champion in the 400m and 800m free at 2018 Phillips 66 Nationals and set the American records in the 500y and 1650y free at the 2017 Winter National Cha

Team Gear

As some of you have heard we have been debating whether to keep our team suit (Speedo Caged Out) for this season.  We have decided to do so believing that we have a small enough number of new swimmers that everyone should be able to get the suit should they need it.  If you need a suit,m we recommend that you order asap from SwimOutlet.  Some additional reminders and links about all things team gear related: We present ourselves at meets in a team uniform with a uniform look. All items should be team approved and have our logo and be in the team approved colors. Always shop at    -not only do they have great prices, they also give a percent back to the Boosters. We are sponsored by Speedo.  per our agreement all swimmers MUST wear Speedo suits at meets.  According to Speedo they will have small enough size tech suits this year for our younger swimmers (should those continue to be allowed). The team backpack is Silver.  Please order the backpack

Meet Invites - Decline or Accept

We are starting to send out meet invitations via our Active Parent Portal.  Each swimmer is required to either DECLINE or ACCEPT the invite PRIOR to the deadline.  We will update our team meet calendar with deadlines to help you keep those organized. It is best practice to respond to a meet the day you receive the invite.  Then set a reminder in your calendar of the deadline, so that if you want to make changes you can. The coaches spend far too much time tracking down missing responses.  Let's make sure the coaches are free to spend their time focusing on helping our swimmers improve instead. Thank you  - and as always feel free to send your questions to coach Laurie.

How to Respond to a Meet Invite in Parent Portal

Once meet invites are sent out from Swim Manager, this is the process to confirm attendance: Note:   Meet entry process is only available during Online Meet Entry period Parent will receive email indicating organization is accepting entries, as well as a link to the  Parent Portal Note:  Please see  Sign in Swim Portal  for further assitance Note:  If it redirects to please open the link in an  Incognito Window Click on hyperlink to portal and log in  Once in portal, select  View Meets  tab Select  Attending  or  Not Attending Note:    If organization allows parents/ athletes to pick what events to attend, the eligible events will display once  At tending  is selected. Check the box next to each event you wish to compete in.  Select  Save  ​ Note:   When Online Meet Entry period has ended, meet status will be changed from "In Progress" to "Closed" in Swim Portal.